Category Archives: Shows

Kamasi Washington Live Review

Kamasi Washington performs live in the KCRW studio.

Kamasi Washington September 9th, 2015 Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL As an extremely casual jazz fan, Kamasi Washington’s three hour epic aptly titled Epic is the first jazz record I’ve listened to non-stop in probably five years. For those unfamiliar, Kamasi Washington is an L.A. saxophonist with a laundry list of great recording credits, including work for Snoop Dogg, Flying Lotus, Ryan Adams, Gerard Wilson, Lauryn Hill, Chaka Khan, Broken Bells, and of course, stamping his fingerprints all over the album

Janelle Monae and the Wondaland Crew Live Review

credit Marc Baptiste

From left to right:
Roman GianArthur
Alex Belle (St. Beauty)
Isis Valentino (St. Beauty)
Janelle Monáe
Nate Wonder (Deep Cotton)
Chuck Lightning (Deep Cotton)

Janelle Monae and the Wondaland Crew August 17th, 2015 Concord Music Hall, Chicago, IL There are very few musicians that are the total package quite like Janelle Monae. The Kansas-City born entertainer fuses funk, R&B, psychedelic rock, hip hop, and a dose of theater to make her own blend of timeless pop. On stage, she channels James Brown and Michael Jackson, truly standing as one of the best performers currently on the planet. Monae has even become a White House

Spoon Show Review: Taste of Chicago


Spoon, Houndmouth, Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear July 11th, 2015 Taste of Chicago, Petrillo Music Shell Chicago, IL As I said last week, Taste of Chicago’s best gift to the city is its free live music. Spoon headlined the Saturday rock showcase from 93 XRT, the long-tenured Chicago FM station that has been bringing quality rock acts to Taste for 28 years. Spoon themselves have been at it for nearly 20 years, and all that time, delivering time and

Erykah Badu Show Review: Taste of Chicago

Erykah Badu: Taste of Chicago

Erykah Badu and Trombone Shorty July 9th, 2015 Taste of Chicago, Petrillo Music Shell Chicago, IL Taste of Chicago is promoted as “the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community.” That may be how they or outsiders perceive the festival, but really it’s pretty far from the truth. It’s overcrowded, overpriced, and it features nowhere near to Chicago’s finest food. I mean, there is a Wingstop truck and a Spam truck. Let me say that

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